Little Nooks and Interesting Alcoves

If you have an old house than peculiar spaces are often a conundrum as well as a blessing. Modern homes can be too square and too straightforward for their own good, adding a nook or an alcove can bring just a little bit of wonder.

Understandably a lot of our sunken spaces come from chimney breasts and are filled with books and a TV, but there is so much more you can do! The best ideas seem to be for children, little spaces suit little people.

Starting with the unusual, these white walls are lent pleasing tones with this curved alcove. The seating hugs the wall and softens the room with a generous sprinkling of cushions.

Alcove sofa follows the curved wall

These dark wood shelves and cupboards float across the chimney breast elongating the room.

Wall mounted TV and storage making the most of chimney breast alcoves

A clever use of an unusual space, perfect for sleepovers!

Alcove sleeping space by a window with twins bed

Neatly tucked away, a feature is made of this cooking area. Elegantly framed in marble with striking black units.

Classy kitchen in an alcove

Some of the best sunken spaces are reading nooks. You can picture curling up here with a good book and keeping an eye on the world below.

Alcove window seat

A modern take on the shelving and cupboard alcove. The matt grey shelves positively beam with the strip lights tucked above.

Grey built in cupboard and shelving in a modern style

A clever use of alcove space here, the curtains hint at the grand reveal behind – a wall full of shoes!

Alcove shoe storage

An adventurous bed in the eves for a child is a real space saver. I like the curtain too, making this sleeping space feel like a secret hideaway.

Children's bed in the eves

For a kitchen, shelves are a no-brainer. I love the quirky use of miss-matched wallpaper here.

Wallpaper backed kitchen shelves

Making full use of a slither of space, these built in cupboards look prim and proper in a chalky blue-grey with tidy brass knobs.

Built in dark blue skinny wardrobe

Warm sandy tones work perfectly with this diddy inset shelf. The lovely wood is nice and chunky and would look at home in a naturally lit bathroom.

Wooden alcove shelf for the bathroom

I think I just have a thing about beds with curtains! I do like this hideaway bed, tucked away in a deep alcove. The luxurious drapes help this bedroom solution look inviting.

Hideaway bed in an alcove with curtains

I love this little student space complete with pegs. Really only created out of two shelves and a bit of imagination.

Little girl at a study desk cleverly fitted into an alcove

Smart storage fitted around a radiator. Keeping the different elements low adds to the layering of textures. Also a handy space to keep the chopped wood!

Storage fit around the radiator

My final piece of inspiration for this compilation is another child’s sleeping space. Perfectly sized for imaginative sweet dreams, bedtime reading and window gazing.

Alcove children's bed

A small space really is just an opportunity.

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The Writing’s on the Wall

When I was little a had a lovely bedroom, with an engaging freeze of alphabet letters all around my tiny room. For some reason I started reminiscing about my little room of peach and grey with Laura Ashly floral wallpaper, and it got me thinking, what alphabet options do we have for nurseries today? Oh and there really are some beauties! Take a look at my favourites…

I love this idea, alphabet cards pegged on a line! Fun colours too.

Illustrated alphabet cards hung in a children's room

I would love to illustrate my own!

Colourful abc pegged up in children's room

Make it monochrome with black and white wallpaper and lovely doodles.

Blackboard style wallpaper with illustrations and alphabet

You can’t go wrong with squidge, grey crocheted letters that are huggably good.

ideal for a nursery, grey crochet alphabet

Anything with an embroidery hoop I love, these appliqué letters are no exception.

Embroidery hoop framed abc

For a more neutral take, I love the white letters acting as a freeze.

Rain drop vinyl, hot air baloon, loly pop art and alphabet white wooden letter freeze in children's room

Or perhaps something like this, a white chest of draws up-cycled to be tactile fun.

Up-cycled draws with white letters

Not technically decor, but aren’t these brilliant? Wooden alphabet blocks with letters and sign language.

wooden blocks with sign language and letters

What a great idea, a giant magnetic letter wall!

Children's letter wall with magnetic letters

Or these lovely draws which have a deep richness with chunky wooden letters varying in size.

Wooden draws with alphabet letters

Creative ways with the alphabet! Nurseries can be such fun.

J’adore Paris

What is it about Paris that encourages romance so? From the flaky pastries to the effortlessly chic females on the Champs-Élysées and the bijou but beau interiors – Paris has it. Here are some homes that look so inviting they have captured my heart, well a girl can dream..

These shots are from the apartment of Ramdane and Victoire, a brilliantly brought together family space with that Parisian flare.

The view in a Paris apartmentParis apartment with balcony and view of the Eiffel tower

This thoroughly modern but homely apartment belongs to architect Joseph Dirand. Lovely choices of materials and textures layer to make a home of real beauty.

Stylish galley kitchenBeautiful bedroom in ParisParis apartment lounge

For high glam and drama how about the Paris duplex of Stefano Pilati designed by architect Bruno Caron. And may I say I think that is the most glam shower I have ever seen!!

Dramatic study in Paris duplex  Very luxurious shower in Paris duplexDelightful dining room with woodland scene on the walls

Can you get more elegant than Coco Chanel’s Paris getaway?

Coco Chanel's Paris apartmentVery opulent Coco Chanel's Paris apartment

This final image pretty much captures it – ornate architectural details and soft stylish glamour make Paris life so enticing. I hope you have enjoyed the images, please click on one to see its source.

Paris interior with soft shades of pink

Four Poster Beds

Today as I am seriously sleepy I am considering beds, four poster ones to be precise. There is something quite magical about a four poster bed. Maybe it is the association with fairytales or grand houses or maybe the feeling of being protected and cocooned. Here are few of my favourites. From the antique wood of elegant and imposing furniture to the clean form of Japanese-like modern frames. Both command attention and whether dressed and draped in fabric or standing bare, tall and proud these beds would make a room.

dark wood four poster bedTraditional and elegant

Tree and nest four poster bed
So much fun, feed the imagination

Bright modern yellow four poster bedPerfectly yellow

Antique American four poster bedAntique wood

Four poster bed made with Silver Birches Look, real trees!

Elegant four poster bedModern elegance

Inlaid four poster bedExotically inlaid